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2017 Webinars

PowerPoint 2017 Florida Legislative Preview — 1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills to be considered during the 2017 legislative session, and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida.

This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM LEGAL credits for planners (#9003535), 1.5 contact hours for Certified Environmental Health Professionals, and 1 CEC for Certified Floodplain Managers. 1000 Friends has applied for credits for Florida attorneys (CLE) but cannot guarantee credits will be approved.

2016 Webinars

BroadcastPowerPoint — Lake Pickett North:  A Citizen Advocacy Success Story — The Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ vote on November 15 to deny a massive proposed development outside of the Urban Services Area provided a major victory both for the environment and for the citizen advocates who led the charge.  Sharing their perspectives, 1000 Friends of Florida Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins provides an overview of the Lake Pickett project, Kelly Semrad of Save Orange County discusses the community organizing behind such a victory, while Orange County Commissioner-Elect Emily Bonilla covers how widespread opposition to the proposal led to political change.  Rounding out the discussion, Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine addresses the challenges of intergovernmental coordination in the post-DRI era.  The session concludes with a question and answer period.

Broadcast — PowerPoint — Website for Water 2070 — One of the biggest issues facing Florida is the availability of a sufficient supply of clean water to meet the ever-increasing needs of people, agriculture and the environment. Florida’s growing population makes the historic competition between these users even more intense.  Building on the recently released and updated Florida 2070, a compelling map series shows Florida’s current and projected water demand on statewide and regional levels as population increases.  Panelists from the University of Florida’s GeoPlan Center, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and 1000 Friends of Florida discuss findings and strategies to reduce water demand for a more sustainable future.

Broadcast — PowerPoint — Website for Florida 2070 — What will Florida look like in 2070?  Moderate projections indicate that by 2070, Florida’s population will reach approximately 33.7 million residents, close to 15 million more than in 2010.  What happens if Florida continues to develop as it has in the past, with development sprawling into rural and agricultural lands?  What will our state look like if we chose more compact development patterns closer to existing development, and protect more natural lands? The University of Florida’s Geoplan Center, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and 1000 Friends of Florida have partnered on developing a series of GIS-based state and regional maps to explore these issues.  Representatives provide an overview of Florida 2070 and its implications for our state.

PowerPoint for Ethics in Leadership Development for the Planner.  Susan L. Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP, and Brian D. Teeple, AICP, cover the ethics requirements of the American Institute of Certified planners and how these interface with Florida’s ethics laws. Special emphasis is placed on ethics as it relates to leadership and common ethics traps.

Broadcast and  PowerPoint for Speak Up: Environmental Advocacy with Gov. Bob Graham.  Sponsored by the Dr. John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair, Florida Atlantic University.    Governor Bob Graham, along with former chief of staff to the mayor of Jacksonville Chris Hand and 1000 Friends of Florida President Ryan Smart, discuss techniques to upgrade the quality and impact of your advocacy to become a more effective champion for Florida’s natural resources. Governor Graham and Chris Hand are co-authors of America, the Owner’s Manual, which provides guidance on how to improve outcomes with government. Educating citizens to more fully understand the individual and cumulative troubling environmental issues facing Florida, as well as the challenges of the political framework and governmental processes, is essential to effectively influencing decisions that will affect Florida’s environmental future. In recent years, four decades of internationally recognized efforts to preserve and protect Florida’s natural treasures have been reversed, and the trend continues. This is unacceptable. Floridians concerned about the deterioration of the physical environment and the negative impact on our quality of life need to speak directly and frankly to our elected leaders about doing a better job protecting Florida’s most important economic, environmental, and cultural assets.

PowerPoint for 2016 Florida Legislative Wrap Up.   1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP, and former Chairman and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that passed and failed during the 2016 legislative session, and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida. 

PowerPoint for Complete Streets Implementation in Florida.  Florida Department of Transportation’s District One Secretary Billy Hattaway and FDOT State Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator DeWayne Carver discuss FDOT’s Complete Streets Policy and the newly instituted Complete Streets Implementation Plan, prepared by FDOT and Smart Growth America and released in December 2015. The goal of the policy and plan is to provide safer, context-sensitive roads by putting “the right street in the right place.” The webinar focuses on strategies FDOT is undertaking to integrate complete streets policies into manuals, policies and other documents, update the decision-making process, modifying approaches to performance measures and conducting ongoing education and training.

PowerPoint for 2016 Florida Legislative Preview.  1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP, and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills being considered during the 2016 legislative session, and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida.

2015 Webinars 

PowerPoint for The Economics of Downtown Revitalization in Florida.  Downtown revitalization is an integral component of smart and sustainable development. Experts share information on the economic impact downtown revitalization has on Florida’s communities and the state and how to get the biggest bang for your buck. Speakers include PlaceEconomics expert Donovan Rypkema who discusses the results of his national and Florida studies on the economic impacts of Main Street, Fort Pierce Main Street Manager Doris Tillman who provides a case study on that community’s economic successes over the last twenty-five years, and Florida Redevelopment Association Executive Director Carol Westmoreland who discusses CRAs and Florida success stories.     Also check out the FRA handout.

PowerPoint for Sprawl Repair for Florida’s Communities.  DPZ Partners’ Galina Tachieva and Codina Partners’ Ana-Marie Codina Barlick discuss how form-based codes and other planning and design tools can help Florida communities repurpose and revitalize their most auto-dependent zones into walkable and vibrant mixed-use nodes.

PowerPoint for Citizens Organizing for Positive Community Change.  Other materials include information on conducting a successful press event by the Sierra Club’s Cris Costello — view a brief overview, see a sample press advisory, see a sample press release, view Cris’ PowerPoint. Also, check out Spitfire’s Smart Chart for developing your campaign.  As anthropologist Margaret Mead famously noted, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 1000 Friends’ webinar focuses on how thoughtful citizens in Florida can organize for positive community change. Using case studies, speakers share effective strategies to mobilize citizens, build coalitions, work with the media, persuade elected officials, raise funds, and more. Presenters include Keep It Rural’s Pamela Hall, Tropical Audubon Executive Director Laura Reynolds, and Sierra Club Senior Organizing Representative Cris Costello.

PowerPoint for Sign Regulation after Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ (2015).  The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert may make it more difficult for local governments to regulate signs in a content neutral manner under the First Amendment. City of Clearwater Council member Bill Jonson, a local elected official who has advocated successfully for many years for scenic values, including sign regulation, explains how communities are affected by signs and why local governments regulate signs. National legal experts on sign regulation, Susan L. Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP and William Brinton, Esq., provide a history of the facts and issues in Reed, examine the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed, including the three concurring opinions, and analyze the impact the Court’s decision will have on local governments, planners, and communities in Florida.  Check out the essay by Diane Steinle, Beauty is Good for Business:  How the City of Clearwater tackled its signage and won.  The PowerPoint is also available with  white background/limited graphics for easier printing.

PowerPoint for 2015 Florida Legislative Wrap Up (2015).  1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that passed and failed during the 2015 Florida legislative session, what will be covered during the June special session, and how legislative changes impact state and local governance and planning in Florida. Click here for a printer-friendly version of the PowerPoint.

PowerPoint for Florida’s Community Planning Process and Meaningful Citizen Participation (2015).  1000 Friends of Florida Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP, provides detailed information on local comprehensive plans, elements and future land use maps, the state review process, citizen participation requirements and other Florida-specific planning issues. Long-time environmental advocate Pegeen Hanrahan focuses on promoting meaningful citizen involvement in the local planning process from her perspectives as a former City of Gainesville Mayor and Commissioner and citizen advocate.

PowerPoint for 2015 Florida Legislative Session Update (2015).  1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that are being considered during the 2015 Florida legislative session, and how this impacts state and local governance and planning in Florida.

PowerPoint for Victor Dover on Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (2015). Coauthor of the landmark Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns and principal and cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners, Victor Dover, FAICP covers design, planning and legal strategies to promote livable and walkable communities in Florida. Mr. Dover shares case studies and photos of streets old and new, showcasing what works and what doesn’t, and reveals the secrets to designing beautiful, charming streets and walkable places where people want to be.

PowerPoint on Planning for sea level rise:  Legal issues facing Florida (2015).  Three of the state’s leading experts on the legal ramifications of sea level rise and climate change in Florida identify potential challenges and appropriate local government responses. Florida Sea Grant Coastal Planning Specialist Thomas Ruppert covers potential legal and financial liabilities related to permitting and infrastructure, and the benefits of notice provisions. Nova Environmental and Land Use Law Clinic Director Richard Grosso focuses on the use of legal tools available through Florida planning authority to avoid liabilities. Erin L. Deady of Erin Deady, P.A. shares strategies currently being planned and implemented in South Florida communities to address some of these issues.  View the PowerPoint with regular formatting and printer-friendly formatting.

2014 Webinars

PowerPoint for Planning for Complete Streets in Florida (2014)Billy Hattaway, FDOT’s District One Secretary, discussed the department’s statewide initiative to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and the implementation of the Department’s new Complete Streets Policy.  City of Deerfield Beach Director of Planning and Development Services Amanda Martinez reviewed the process the City has used to adopt and implement its Complete Street guidelines. BikeWalkLee’s Darla Letourneau focused on the role of citizen advocacy in promoting complete street policy.  AARP Florida’s Laura Cantwell discussed that organizations’ perspectives on complete streets. 

PowerPoint for Planning for Sea Level Rise: Broward County Responds (2014). Broward County and Fort Lauderdale are national leaders in planning for the impacts of sea level rise. This webinar covers efforts at the regional, county and municipal levels to develop planning strategies for Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale. Presenters include Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Director of Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, James Cromar of the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Julie Dennis of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity,   City of Fort Lauderdale Assistant City Manager Susy Torriente and Principal Environmental Strategist Jim Koeth.

PowerPoint for Planning for Sea Level Rise: State Resources for Florida’s Communities (2014).  This session focuses on state resources available to assist communities with developing workable planning strategies to adapt to sea level rise. Presenters included Daniel Fitz-Patrick (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity), Crystal Goodison (University of Florida GeoPlan Center), Tom Beck (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) and Meredith Jagger (Florida Department of Health).

PowerPoint for Planning and Ethics in Florida (2014).  A panel of experts discussed ethics requirements and aspirations for planners, attorneys, elected officials and other public servants in Florida. Presenters included the current chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Valerie Hubbard, FAICP, attorney and planner Susan Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP, and attorney and planner Tom Pelham, FAICP.

2014 Florida Legislative Wrap Up. 1000 Friends President Charles Pattison, Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger, and The Nature Conservancy’s Janet Bowman provide an overview of the key growth management, conservation, housing and budget provisions that passed and failed during the 2014 Florida Legislature and impacts on communities across Florida.
Dr. John M. DeGrove: Shaping a Better Future for Florida. Recognized as the “father of growth management,” Dr. DeGrove was an influential force in shaping the planning process in our state and many other states across nation.  This webinar focused on his lasting accomplishments and how his principles can continue to be followed as Florida once again faces increasing growth pressures and mounting environmental crises.  Speakers included Frank Schnidman and Susan Coughanour on Dr. DeGrove’s legacy and the evolution of growth management in Florida, Nancy Stroud on moving state planning forward in the 21st century, and Dr. Lance deHaven-Smith on the American Assembly Process and other strategies to build consensus to shape a sustainable future for our state. Check out the PowerPoint.
2014 Florida Legislative Update. 1000 Friends President Charles Pattison, Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger, Affordable Housing Director Jaimie Ross, and the Florida Conservation Coalition’s Ryan Smart key growth management, conservation, affordable housing and budget provisions being considered by the 2014 Florida Legislature.  Click here to view the PowerPoint from this event.
The Coastal Insurance Dilemma in Florida: Who Should Pay? This webinar explored existing and proposed coastal legislation and issues as related to the National Flood Insurance Program and Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.  Speakers included Stronger Safer Florida Coalition members National Wildlife Federation National Advocacy Center Legislative Director Josh Saks, Florida Property Insurance Expert and former Florida Legislator Don Brown, National R Street representative Andrew Moylan, 1000 Friends of Florida President Charles Pattison, FAICP, and Florida Wildlife Federation Community Planner Sarah Owen Gledhill, AICP. The PowerPoint also is available.

2013 Broadcasts:

Florida Greenways and Trails System Planning. In the second webinar of the year on Florida’s growing system of greenways, Assistant Bureau Chief for the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) Doug Alderson, and Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation President Dale Allen discuss Creating a World-Class Trail and Greenway System for Florida, highlighting ongoing planning to close the remaining gaps in Florida’s greenways system. The PowerPoint also is available.
Transportation Mobility Systems: An Alternative to Concurrency in Florida. Alachua County Transportation Planner Jeff Hayes, Pasco County Planning and Development Administrator Richard Gehring and Chief Assistant County Attorney David Goldstein, and DEO’s Bill Killingsworth discuss the legal foundation and planning principles for mobility planning and fees to promote more sustainable patterns of development and finance multi-modal transportation systems in Florida. The PowerPoint also is available.
Landscaping and Biodiversity: Conserving Biodiversity in Urban Planning and Development. Part I and Part 2 (due to technical difficulties the webinar was recorded in two segments). The University of Florida’s Dr. Mark Hostetler shared strategies to engage policy makers, planners, built environment professionals and citizens in order to create functioning green communities, including the importance of addressing decisions made during the design, construction and post-construction phases of new subdivision development. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
Watershed Planning: Lessons Learned from Florida’s Springs. Former director of the Florida Springs Task Force Jim Stevenson and Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute director Bob Knight cover challenges facing Florida’s springs, workable planning strategies to address those challenges, and how springshed planning approaches can applied to other watersheds throughout Florida. The presentation includes case studies on Wakulla and Rainbow Springs. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
Everglades Planning: An Ongoing Crisis, an Emerging Solution.Tens of billions of gallons of dangerously polluted water is rushing into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers, damaging the environment and threatening human health. Part of the solution is the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). During this webinar Everglades Foundation staff discusses the current crisis and its impact throughout the ecosystem, the importance of CEPP, what other projects need to be completed, and the next steps we need to take to protect America’s Everglades. (Presentation begins at 1:15) Click here to view the PowerPoint for the webinar.
Florida Greenways and Trails “Close the Gap Campaign.” Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation President Dale Allen and Office of Greenways and Trails Assistant Director Doug Alderson discussed the new “Close the Gap” Campaign to create a coast-to-coast trail system from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canaveral National Seashore. Click here for the PowerPoint.
2013 Legislative Wrap Up. 1000 Friends President Charles Pattison, FAICP, Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger, Affordable Housing Director Jaimie Ross, and The Nature Conservancy’s Janet Bowman discussed key growth management, environmental and affordable housing bills that passed and failed during the 2013 Florida legislative session. Click here for the PowerPoint.
PART I: The Missing Metric: Strategies for the New Normal. Peter Katz, founding director of the Congress for the New Urbanism, provided Florida-specific examples of how to assess the revenue generated from various land development patterns, and those that generally generate the most revenue for communities. Click here for the PowerPoint.
PART II: The Sustainable Communities Calculator. Harry Reed, AICP, Executive Director of the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency, and Bruce Landis, PE, AICP, Executive Vice President of Sprinkle Consulting, discussed the new Sustainable Communities Calculator being developed for the Capital Region Transportation Planning Organization to assist with determining the future costs of maintaining transportation infrastructure in Tallahassee-Leon County and adjoining Gadsden, Jefferson and Wakulla Counties. Click here for the PowerPoint.

2013 PowerPoints:

2013 Legislative Update (March 13, 2013)

Ecosystem Services and Land Conservation in the Red Hills Region of Florida (February 13, 2013)

2013 Florida Legislative Preview (January 9, 2013)

2011-2012 Broadcasts:

Smart planning for communities (August 11, 2011)

Clean energy technologies (August 18, 2011)

Sustainability communities (September 22, 2011)

Transportation alternatives (October 4, 2011)

Sustainable development (October 19, 2011)

Clean energy (November 16, 2011)

Campus-scale settings (December 15, 2011)

Sustainable economic development (January 31, 2012)

Clean energy symposium webcast (February 15-16, 2012).

Legal aspects of clean energy (March 13, 2012)

Models, strategies and options (April 18, 2012)

Virtual conference for a green future (April 5-6, 2012)

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